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“Perfect balance of quality, atmosphere and value” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Julija

Julija
9 Stari Trg, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
1 425 6463
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Ranked #12 of 372 Restaurants in Ljubljana
Price range: $0 - $37
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Chicago
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Perfect balance of quality, atmosphere and value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This place was pretty close to perfect. Our family ate at Julja on our second night in Ljubljana and had such a great experience we immediately decided this would be our one "repeat visit" of the week. The atmosphere is casual elegant. We saw plenty of people in jeans out for a Tuesday night meal, as well as couples and families dressed for a special occasion. The menu was, like many others in Slovenia, a blend of Slavic and Italian. My first meal, I enjoyed house-made fettuccine with morel mushrooms and pancetta. When we returned, I went for the beef goulash with polenta. Both were excellent, as is the local wine list. The Teran and Pinot Noir we enjoyed would have cost twice as much in the States.

Visited March 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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116 reviews 116 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
“A Pleasant Place to Dine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

On our last evening in Ljubljana, we decided to try out this place, having read the favorable TA reviews. We knew where it was, located adjacent to two other well-reviewed restaurants, one of which (Marley & Me) we'd greatly enjoyed just the previous evening.

We were seated promptly and graciously in a little corner table near the front window. The restaurant itself was attractive and a good antidote for the generally terrible weather we experienced during our visit to Europe.

The sheep's-cheese appetizer our server recommended included four large chunks of a pleasantly sharp cheese, with bread on the side and some olive oil drizzled on the plate. It was quite delicious.

We chose respectively Gulasch that was close to a soup, and a lasagne, both of which were very tasty. We each enjoyed a beer as an aperitif and a glass of wine with dinner. Two previous dinners here hadn't convinced us of the virtues of Slovenian wine and it was long overdue to try some of the local pivo (beer). Both the lager and the pilsener were excellent. Somehow the wine tasted a little better tonight - does starting with a beer help?

In terms of the food alone, this was perhaps our favorite experience in Ljubljana, but we'd love the chance to dine our way through the menus of this little "restaurant row" of fine restaurants for comparison.

If and when we return to Ljubljana, we'll also return to Julija.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vienna, Austria
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51 reviews 51 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“restaurant in nice location and very good cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

this restaurant is located in the old town of Ljubljana. The restaurant is more or less a traditonal rustical made interior. the food is mainly Slovenian as well as mediterranean. Pricewise the restaurant is okay for quality of food you get. It is definitely a recommendation for Ljubljana especially when you look at competition in town.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“total satisfaction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

we knew from reviews here Julija was considered to be among the top rated restaurants for families with kids in Ljubljana, so I kept the name in mind and one night we just crushed into it without any advance reservation (called them 10 minutes before we came there).

We are a family of 6 including 4 kids of very different age and culinary interests, and we know exactly what we need - speed, taste, budget, variety, ability to follow our instructions exactly, friendliness towards kids.
In Julija, we experienced all of that - nice large table in quiet corner, tremendous food - I had octopus salad and grilled octopus for main - quality as good as quantity, also the stuff was very attentive and professional. AND - it was VERY fast, almost as fast as it possibly could be.
On top of everything, our final check was only 86 euro - I can easily recall other places, some of them I reviewed also here before - where we spent 3-4 times that much for same high quality food.

So we enjoyed it, Julija folks - thank you very much and we hope we come back soon.

Visited March 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“A safe choice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Chose the restaurant due to good reviews on tripadvisor, and whilst we were satisfied with the food we had (carpaccio, beef fillet, Dick confit), it failed to impress us. The waiter service was friendly, but lacked experience. The ambience was nice and well-visited on this Sunday eve

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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